|"I'm proud to be part of this" said FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson|
On Saturday, 17th September the FIBA Europe Universitas projects were presented to a big audience in Kauno Arena.
FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson, Secretary General Nar Zanolin and Head of Operations Miguel Betancor were at hand to present what is supposed to be a milestone in the further growth of basketball in Europe.
FIBA Europe Universitas is an international educational institution, governed by FIBA Europe, with aims to research and develop basketball in both the competitive and educational perspectives of the whole person.
The three fields of activity are education, research and development with a number of sub-projects being launched in every sector.
On the educational side, a FIBA Europe Referee Coaching Certificate (FERCC) and FIBA Europe English language camps are in the pipeline as well as 2 year course for basketball coaches, the MSC.
The course offers an exchange of basketball practice methods that exist throughout Europe and provides students fundamental theoretical knowledge and research skills.
"I'm proud to be part of this harvesting of our human resources for these exceptional new projects such as the Universitas and the FIBA Europe Techno Centre are." Commented FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson.
The FIBA Europe Basketball Research Centre is one of three projects in the research centre.
|FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin was very excited about the launch of the new projects within FIBA Europe|
In cooperation with the University of Worcester and its state of the art facilities, the FIBA Europe Centre for Basketball Research will aim to be the leading European centre of development, coordination & supply of world class basketball researches.
A scientific journal, dedicated exclusively to basketball, the FIBA Europe Scientific Research Journal will be the first scientific publication covering one specific sport.
"This is a milestone, as we will be leading the way for other sports" commented FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin.
The European Basketball Professor Convention will provide a forum for discussions and exchanges of information among Basketball Professors, investigators, institution's leaders, organisations and enterprises involved in basketball.
Last but not least, the development of basketball will be enforced with three new fields of activities.
In the "study of the game" section FIBA Europe Universitas will offer technical information of the type of game played by national teams in European Championships.
FIBA Europe will also explore new possibilities for development of the sport in cooperation with the European Observatoire of Sport and Employment, EOSE.
EOSE is a non-profit organisation that provides a link between employment and education in sport at the European and national level.
Through these activities, FIBA Europe Universitas will implement the different steps of the Lifelong Learning Strategy for Sport which have been successful in other parts of the sport industry and have received the full support and approval of the EU.
|FIBA Europe Head of Operations Miguel Betancor has been working on the new projects for years with a whole team of experts. |
"These projects were not created one week ago. They are the result of many years of research and they are the work of a larger team." explained FIBA Europe Head of Operations Miguel Betancor.
FIBA Europe Techno Center Contributes to further improvement of the game
Also at the press conference, the audience was informed about the newest development of the FIBA Europe Techno Center, a service organisation that thrives on excellence in sports in the Technical, Academic and Social area.
The well-known Digital Scoresheet and Observer Platform are now supplemented by a new video platform and the ultimate analysis and post-production tool NAC.
With the NAC, mulit-sourced data can be unified for advanced analysis.
This will immensely improve the possibilities in game analysis for coaches, observers of scientists.
"We pride ourselves in being a progressive organisation where the development of our sport has to be our number one priority. What we've been experiencing here in Lithuania in the last few weeks speaks for itself.
"But we want to develop more and we believe we can do more. These two projects are part of that process." Concluded FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin.